OTWorld 2018: Exhibitor Statements
Sascha Becker, Sales and Marketing Manager Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Alu Rehab ApS:
"We were at OTWorld for the first time and were thrilled. An absolute success! The customer numbers were great, we were not prepared for the massive international response. Around 50 per cent of the visitors to the stand came from abroad, above all from the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The entire event had an extremely high standard - the highest we have ever experienced. Our digital seat pressure measurement was one of our products that attracted particular interest. In addition, we held lectures at the Technical Forum for Rehabilitation on mobility solutions for wheelchair users with movement disorders and on geriatrics. It was very good that the rehabilitation area was promoted. We'll be back, we intend to exhibit at OTWorld in 2020."
Antonius Köster, CEO, Antonius Köster GmbH & Co. KG:
"My verdict on OTWorld 2018: A complete success. We've never had such a response, things went really well at our stand. The specialised public's level of knowledge about 3D printing has increased considerably. In Leipzig it became clear that the industry is on its way out of the trial stage and towards the comprehensive professional use of additive production. The subject of digitisation was omnipresent in the halls. The demonstrations and workshops on the various areas of digital production processes were particularly popular at our stand. That's what the visitors wanted to see. Because the market is changing, OTWorld will become increasingly important in the coming years. We'll be back in 2020."
Adrian Stenson, CEO, Blatchford Group:
"OTWorld 2018 was an absolute success, for us the most productive event in the industry worldwide. Extremely well organised, fantastic tradeshow grounds and high stand quality and quantity. We were able to make many new contacts and cultivated business relations. One of the highlights was our new Linx leg prosthesis system. It was also inspiring to see the innovations of the other companies. The audience came from Scandinavia, the Middle East, Japan and the USA, among others. It was exciting to hear from users and experience the effects the products have. We'll definitely be back."
Eik Steinweg, Head of Business Unit Medical Retail, BSN-JOBST/BSN medical GmbH:
"We had many very intensive discussions at OTWorld 2018, with both national and international audiences. The visitor frequency was very high, as was the standard. The main topics were how digitised processes can simplify the ERP of the medical supply trade and how we enable the patient to receive the best possible care via various channels. For example, we presented a new digital patient platform for lymph care and our digital measuring system LEXpert, which can be connected to common ERP systems. Orthopaedic bandages and wound care also met with a great response. OTWorld once again proved to be the ideal forum for the industry."
Christoph Lindner, Sales Manager 3D Printing, HP Deutschland GmbH:
"Our first presentation at OTWorld was a complete success. This has opened up a completely new, international target group for our 3D printers. Our information material was in great demand. We see great business potential in the industry. That's why we'll definitely be back in 2020."
Guido Laub, National Sales Manager for Germany, NESKRID 4AllFeet B.V.:
"The OTWorld was a booster for our business. We participated for the first time and experienced an incredible success. We were able to make many more contacts than we had expected. The absolute highlight was our new toe protection cap for work shoes, which was a hit with the audience. The new online ordering system, which we presented for the first time, also met with a great response. We'll definitely be back."
René Schiller, CEO, Össur Deutschland GmbH:
"OTWorld was like a big 'family reunion' again this year. For us, it is the most important event - as a showcase for our industry in Europe and Germany, where orthopedic technology is based. In 2018 OTWorld has once again shown that it is possible for trade and industry to join forces. The trade show and congress offered a variety of highlights, the scientific programme was again very demanding and the exchange with the partners was target-oriented. We had inspiring discussions with experts from all over the world. I was particularly pleased with the extremely positive reactions to our new Form Fit Knee Pro OA for conservative treatment of knee arthrosis and the new Pro-Flex Align prosthetic foot. Of course we'll be back."
Norbert Aumann, CEO, Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH:
"OTWorld ran excellently again and was very well attended. There was a wonderful crowd at our stand. As always, the product demonstrations by users caused a buzz. The interest of the visitors was enormous, the professional level of the discussions very high. Our world première, the new generation of the C-Brace 2 orthosis system, caused a sensation. Just like pattern recognition for myoelectric arm prostheses or our digital orthopaedic workshop of the future. Digital transformation and 3D printing were among the main topics of the event - OTWorld 2018 was the farewell party for plaster in orthopaedic technology. No question, the OTWorld 2020 is firmly booked with us! A must-attend event. Showcase, discussion forum, exhibition and information platform all in one. A worldwide unique event and a family reunion of the industry."
Severin Leyerer, Head of Sales and Marketing, paromed GmbH & Co. KG:
"OTWorld was a success again this year. We were able to welcome a very diverse, international audience. Our stand was more international than ever before. The interested parties came from all over the world, remarkably often from the Middle East. A special highlight was our own workshop room, which was very well attended. The computer-assisted insole production, 3D printing in last production for orthopaedic made-to-measure shoes and our iPad scanner for the full foot were particularly well received. OTWorld comprehensively reflected industry trends such as digitisation and mobile applications, and visitors have become significantly more technology-oriented. OTWorld is our main platform and leading trade fair, the most important event at which we can present ourselves to the international market. 2020 is set."
Stefan Fritzsche, CEO, and Sebastian Mania, Director Sales D-A-CH, THUASNE DEUTSCHLAND GmbH:
"We have once again experienced a very successful OTWorld, with a very large international audience - including from the Middle East and Turkey. Everything went extremely well for us, with extremely well-founded technical discussions, and we also concluded some contracts. One of the much-discussed topics was gonarthrosis, we have strongly promoted our new orthosis Genu OA. The fact that there was a corresponding symposium at the congress attracted even more visitors. The second highlight was the BUFA-WALK on compression, in which we participated. The people that visited us really wanted to learn something. We also used OTWorld to test newly developed digital products prior to market launch - like an app for easy ordering of compression products. The feedback was very positive. It was exciting that many start-ups also exhibited this year. OTWorld 2020 is firmly planned; it is the most important overall show for the industry and supports market positioning."
The International Trade Show and the World Congress OTWorld represent a unique offering for orthopaedic technicians, orthopaedic shoemakers, rehabilitation technicians, therapists and doctors, engineers, medical supplies retailers and staff of health insurance companies and healthcare funding organisations. In 2018 OTWorld attracted 21,400 visitors from over 90 countries and 570 exhibitors from 43 nations. The World Congress had 320 speakers from 32 countries. The steering organisation for OTWorld is the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik). The OTWorld brand is owned by Confairmed GmbH, who also organise the Congress. Leipziger Messe GmbH is responsible for the trade show.
Ms Karoline Nöllgen
Phone: +49 341 678 6524
Fax:: +49 341 678 166524
Pressesprecherin BIV, Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik
Ms Kirsten Abel
Phone: +49 231 557050-27